From what I’ve found about the site tonight, it looks like it began as a way of mapping your social network and kinda grew from there. The map is provided via the infamous GoogleMaps, of course. The 20 minutes I’ve spent digging around felt a whole lot like MySpace with customizable profiles, blogs, photos, a social network, embedded videos, groups, and all that crap.
The site gets Web 2.0 buzzword-points for scoring lots of interoperability. The mapping system is the first and most obvious feature. In addition to that, there are ways of importing your friend/contact lists from other sites such as GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, MySpace, and Xanga. I also saw some Flickr stuff; which makes me wonder if they’re not backloading on Flickr for image storage. Even the name of hte site, Frappr, seems to be a mashup all it’s own… Friends + Maps + Flickr?
This virtual community has grown a decent user base, at least it looks like it has. I haven’t explored it in detail and I’m not sure if I’ll come back to it. At the very least, it was an interesting find.